After struggling with a nagging left knee issue during the latter portion of the season, Michigan State forward Matt Costello had the issue addressed on Thursday. According to Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, Costello underwent an arthroscopic procedure on the knee, and the expectation is that he’ll be sidelined for “a couple weeks” before resuming normal basketball activity.
Costello averaged 7.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this season, playing just over 20 minutes off the bench per contest for the Spartans. The knee issue didn’t result in Costello missing any games down the stretch but it did impact his productivity as the team made its surprising run to the Final Four.
With Branden Dawson and guard Travis Trice out of eligibility, the leadership of players such as Costello and guard Denzel Valentine will be key for Michigan State next season. Even with Dawson moving on the front court will receive a nice boost in regards to both depth and talent, as McDonald’s All-Americans Deyonta Davis and Caleb Swanigan will join the rotation.
Among the holdovers in the front court heading into the offseason (in addition to Costello) are Gavin Schilling, Javon Bess and Marvin Clark Jr.